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1. What are the requirements for getting a Learnerís License?

Your teen must be at least 15 years old and you must provide:

  • One Primary Form of Identification (original or certified copy) - Certified U.S. birth certificate, valid U.S. passport or passport card, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, Certificate of Naturalization, or Certificate of Citizenship

  • Proof of social security number Ė Social Security card, W-2 form (not handwritten), paycheck stub, SSA-1099, or any 1099 (not handwritten)

    If you do not have a Social Security Number, click here.

  • Proof of residential address - Click here for acceptable proof documents

  • Proof that you completed a Traffic Law and Substance Abuse Education course, or a license from any state, country, or jurisdiction.

  • Parental Consent Form which must be signed in the presence of a driver license examiner, or notarized if a parent or guardian will not be present. If you are under 18 and are not married, one parent or legal guardian must sign your license application. Step-parents may not sign unless they have legally adopted you.

Your teen is required to take:

  • A knowledge exam covering the following areas:
    • 50 multiple choice questions about traffic laws and traffic signs Ė must have 40 correct answers to pass (80%)
  • Vision Test using an eye machine. To pass, you must have 20/40 (or better) vision in each and both eyes, with or without corrective lenses.
  • Hearing Test

2. When can a teen drive without an adult in the car?

Once teens obtain an Intermediate License their driving privileges are based on their age.

  • 16 years old - Driving is allowed between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. without a licensed adult (all other times must be accompanied by a licensed driver at least 21 years old occupying the closest seat to the right of the driver, or be traveling to or from work.)

  • 17 years old -
  • Driving allowed between 5 a.m. and 1 a.m. without a licensed adult (all other times must be accompanied by a licensed driver at least 21 years old occupying the closest seat to the right of the driver, or be traveling to or from work.

  • 18 years old - Driving is allowed at all hours.

3. Are there any exceptions to the driving hour restrictions on an Intermediate License?

With an Intermediate License your teen may drive without a licensed adult during the driving hour restrictions if travelling to or from work.

4. My sonís school does not offer driverís education; is it required?

Driver education is not required to obtain any of the three graduated licenses; Learner's License, Intermediate License, Full Privilege License.

5.What identification is needed to apply for a license?

One primary form of identification, proof of date of birth, and one secondary form of identification; see document list for citizens or non-noncitizens

6.What happens if my teen gets a ticket while holding a Learnerís License?

If convicted, your teen will not be able to take the driving test for an Intermediate License for one year from the conviction date.

7. Can my daughter drive to and from school without an adult in the car with her Learnerís License?

No. With a Learner's License, your teen can only drive with a licensed driver who is at least 21 years old and occupies the front passenger seat AT ALL TIMES.

8. Where do I find the Driving Guide/Log sheet?

You can obtain the log sheet , on-line on this website.

9. What other resources are available?

The Skills Mastery Checklist covers the basic skills required to obtain a license. Also, check out our some of our references.

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